Canada at World Cup 2026- How competitive will we be?

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Polygong, Jun 21, 2018.

  1. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Given that it is highly likely (if not 100%) that we will play in the 2026 WC, I for one am left wondering how competitive will we be? Will we be good enough to get our first WC goal, or even result? Make it past the first round?

    There's no way we can know what our squad will look like. Many of our potential players are as young as 10 years old right now. But I thought I'd make a list of current CMNT players who could potentially be there (by that I mean anyone who is 25 or younger. Some slightly older players could possibly be there, but I had to cut it off somewhere. So here's the list I put together of everyone 25 and under who played for the CMNT in the last year:


    GK James Pantemis February 21, 1997 (age 21) Montreal Impact
    GK Maxime Crépeau April 11, 1994 (age 24) Ottawa Fury
    DF Manjrekar James August 5, 1993 (age 24) Fredericia
    DF Michael Petrasso July 9, 1995 (age 22) Montreal Impact
    DF Sam Adekugbe January 16, 1995 (age 23) Vålerenga
    DF Marcus Godinho June 28, 1997 (age 20) Heart of Midlothian
    DF Derek Cornelius November 25, 1997 (age 20) Javor Ivanjica
    DF Juan Córdova June 25, 1995 (age 22) Huachipato
    DF Kwame Awuah December 12, 1995 (age 22) New York City FC
    DF Amer Didic December 28, 1994 (age 23) Sporting Kansas City
    DF Andrés Fresenga October 13, 1992 (age 25) Suchitepéquez
    DF Tyler Pasher April 27, 1994 (age 24) Indy Eleven
    MF Samuel Piette November 12, 1994 (age 23) Montreal Impact
    MF Mark-Anthony Kaye December 2, 1994 (age 23) Los Angeles FC
    MF Raheem Edwards July 17, 1995 (age 22) Montreal Impact
    MF Jay Chapman January 1, 1994 (age 24) Toronto FC
    MF Liam Millar September 27, 1999 (age 18) Liverpool
    MF Kris Twardek March 8, 1997 (age 21) Carlisle United
    MF Liam Fraser February 13, 1998 (age 20) Toronto FC
    MF Fraser Aird February 2, 1995 (age 23) Dundee United
    MF Keven Alemán March 25, 1994 (age 24) Sacramento Republic
    MF Louis Béland-Goyette September 15, 1995 (age 22) Montreal Impact
    MF Caniggia Elva July 14, 1996 (age 21) VfB Stuttgart II
    MF Jordan Schweitzer April 19, 1994 (age 24) Colorado Springs Switchbacks
    MF Alphonso Davies November 2, 2000 (age 17) Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    MF David Choinière February 7, 1997 (age 21) Montreal Impact
    MF Russell Teibert December 22, 1992 (age 25) Vancouver Whitecaps FC
    MF Marco Bustos April 22, 1996 (age 22) Zacatepec
    MF Kianz Froese April 16, 1996 (age 22) Fortuna Düsseldorf
    MF Nicolas Galvis April 9, 1997 (age 21) Deportivo Pereira
    FW Cyle Larin April 17, 1995 (age 23) Beşiktaş
    FW Anthony Jackson-Hamel August 3, 1993 (age 24) Montreal Impact
    FW Lucas Cavallini December 28, 1992 (age 25) Puebla

    It will be interesting, I think at least, to see who is still on this list and who gets added, and how the overall quality grows (or doesn't)
     
  2. Kingston

    Kingston Member+

    Oct 6, 2005
    Many of us who have watched the national team for years are no doubt pleased to see how many options our coach has. We can remember the years when the lineup pretty much wrote itself because there'd only be one decent player at many positions. It is encouraging to know that there's an even bigger wave of players ready to enter the system.

    That said, and as you've acknowledged, there's no way to judge now what our team will be like or how far we will go eight years from now.
     
  3. Polygong

    Polygong Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Toronto
    Club:
    Toronto FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I'm thinking of reproducing the above list every year with players born 1992 or later to see how well we're progressing.

    Compare with 1986, when we had a mere 6 players who played in a full pitch professional league, with 10 players playing indoor, 3 non-professionals and 4 players from the legendary Unattached FC.
     
  4. Initial B

    Initial B Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Club:
    Ottawa Fury
    Honestly, I think Canada has a good shot of making the knockout stage. As host team it will probably get seeded in the first pot, and I think they will be good enough to beat the teams allocated to the third pot, unless they're European.
     
  5. TFCREDMENACE

    TFCREDMENACE Member

    Toronto FC
    Brazil
    Feb 4, 2019
    Ontario
    Canada will not be at 2026 world cup as its still not decided which country will be the host country and its not fair ti have mire then one country get automatic spot..we would not be competitive..like losing every hame without scoring a goal again.
     
  6. Garry Grams

    Garry Grams New Member

    Cavalry FC
    Canada
    Feb 20, 2019
    With the increase in WC teams from 32 to 48 Canada could qualify on it's own, without the automatic host berth.

    Although my guess is they will award the host spots to all three, for a couple of reasons. They want to encourage multiple host bids because at 48 teams, not too many countries will be willing or able to host on their own, and CONCACAF will go from 3 to 6 berths, and from 1 to 2 playoff berths. So the other countries will still have gained one more spot, even with 3 taken by the 3 hosts.
     
  7. TFCREDMENACE

    TFCREDMENACE Member

    Toronto FC
    Brazil
    Feb 4, 2019
    Ontario
    Canada could. NOT qualify on their own as we suck..look at last wcq campaign..we were lame
     
  8. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    David, Millar, Tabla, Davis will be hitting their prime up front while Cavallini and Larin should still be around.

    We got 7 years to replenish our defense corps which outside of Brault-Guillard, Godihno Cornelius and maybe Legault is simply not good enough. Hoping for Tomori to join.

    If we get Eustaquio, we have good options at DM with Piette. For the mid, I think players will emerge from Academies (CPL or MLS)

    Herdman's objective is getting out of groups stage. I think it's doable by 2026.
     
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  9. Victor Smitty

    Victor Smitty New Member

    Cavalry FC
    Canada
    Feb 23, 2019
    You're obviously not paying attention to the significantly increased talent levels Canada is producing. And the CPL will help.

    You are aware things HAVE changed since 1986.
     
  10. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If you were talking about the Round of 16, I would say unlikely enough that it shouldn't be an announced goal. The Round of 32 after a 48 team Group Stage is possible.
     
  11. Robert Borden

    Robert Borden Member+

    Chelsea
    Canada
    Apr 19, 2017
    Toronto, Ontario
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    I remember 1994 when the US had no league and were hosting the World Cup, the US got out of the group.

    It's his objective and that's a good thing that he has high expectations of the program. The culture has changed and participation is no longer good enough. Excellence and winning is what's expected of the players.
     
  12. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The USMNT kind of made its own club. In between Gold Cup 1993 and World Cup 1994, the US played 25 friendlies. They played 8 friendlies in the three months before their first World Cup game
     
  13. TFCREDMENACE

    TFCREDMENACE Member

    Toronto FC
    Brazil
    Feb 4, 2019
    Ontario
    We wont be there..fifa should go with one host usa since it really is there tournament..hiw goid will be be?
    Stilk god awlful and still. Not competitive..
     

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